Saturday 16 December 2017

Taoiseach launches €250m jobs plan for Dublin and the regions

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tánaiste Joan Burton and and Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tánaiste Joan Burton and and Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton have launched a €250m plan to grow jobs across the country.

With Croke Park chosen as the venue, there was a strong air of electioneering at the event.

As part of the Action Plan for Jobs, the first tranche of €50m of Enterprise Funding will be made available this year.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said funding under these programmes will be allocated on a competitive basis.

The plan has divided the country up into eight regions - Dublin; South East; Mid West; West; Midlands; Border; and Mid East which includes Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.

Mr Kenny also said that he hoped that young people who emigrated would be enticed to come home by the Government's attempts to reduce taxation.

"We were able to reduce the tax rates in the last budget and we will hopefully be able to continue that in October's Budget, both in terms of reducing the level of income tax but also in the level at which they begin to pay the higher rate," he said.

"The function of the announcements today is to make it more attractive for them to come home. So, hopefully 2016 will see more coming back," he said.

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